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Search for new election commissioners December 25, 2011

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
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The term of present 3 election commissioners including the chief elction commissioner will be over in February,2012.This commissioners were appointed during the early months of the last Caretaker Government.
The present government has proposed a dialogue with the president and the political parties to choose the next election commissioners. The response of main oppostion party BNP is not yet specific. They welcome the dialougue but they didn’t commit straight whether they will participate in the dialogue. Some opposition members are also afraid that the dialogue may be a eye-wash and the ultimate selection will be dictated by the government and will be determined to serve the interest of the party in power.
BNP also emphasied that the priority of doalogue should be on the form of government rather than the name of the election commissioners.
Anwer Hussain Munju, a faction of JP said that the diagoue is a farce and is a drama and would be useless.
Pro-government paties are showing interets and will sit in the dialogue soon.
The present Chief Election Commissioner when asked about the initiative of the government said that it is good but may not be fruitful because of the difference of opinion among the political parties. He added that they proposed for a search committee for the purpose but the government didn’t pay heed to the proposal.
Transparency International Bangladesh also suggested a search committee to choose the election commissioners and the members of the search committee should include the present CEC and an ex-CEC.

We hope that Governement will take the measures to make the Election Commission neutral and effective.

People will lose confidence on Government if they are failed to do so.

An ordinary citizen

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